Do you wake up and you’re just immediately a slave to the morning? Many of us can say we are, especially if we have kids of school-going age. You’re just getting up, getting lunch ready, do the school drop and then go to work or start cleaning the house. You are doing whatever the day requires you to do at that moment.
Get a routine in place
Having a routine in the morning can help put you on the right path for the rest of the day. This routine should start the night before.
- Gratitude journal/pen and paper next to my bed
- Jot down what the next day looks like and what I expect from myself and what should get done
- Wake up before everyone else – this will give you that time and space
- Swing my legs over the bed and just breathe – taking in gratitude and let go of negative energy
- Look at the list and see what needs to happen
- Take the dog for a walk
- Get back home, make sure kids are up and start doing lunches
- Make breakfast and do the girl’s hair – I know what to expect, they know what to expect
- Take them to the bus stop
- Do the next thing on my list which is usually a stretching session
- I take a couple of minutes and then get into my regular routine depending on what day it is
When it’s dark and cold out, you don’t always feel like getting up before everyone else or taking the dog for a walk. But you have to do this, no matter what! You need to have this attitude and mindset so that it becomes routine and second nature.
Think about this
What type of morning routine could you set in place that will give you space, clarity, more relaxation, and make you feel less stressed? What will get you into a more positive mood?
All of these things are what make you successful with your health and your fitness. When you value your time, your mental space, and mental clarity, you will then value your body more.